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Alternative hens' party ideas in Melbourne

You can keep your penis straws and strippers; the bride-to-be will love these unexpected and adventurous hens' party ideas

Photograph: Scott Hone

Real talk, ladies: do you really want to go to another hens' night just like all the others? And if you're getting married, do you really want to wear a tiara and a sash? If you're keen on doing something a bit different, then check out these creative and fun hens' night ideas. No penis straws in sight. 

For more hens' adventures, check out the 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die; or blow your whole budget on a fancy dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.

Top hens' party ideas in Melbourne

1

Gallop down the coast on the Gunnamatta Trail Ride

Grab your girls (or guys, let’s not be too traditional) and saddle up for a two-hour horse ride along the stunning Mornington Peninsula. This company also offer packages for groups, so you can soak into the Peninsula Hot Springs after your ride or sit down to a tapas lunch at the serene Cups Estate.
Cost: Tours start from $140 per person.

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3

Splash out on a five-star meal at Brae

Hit the road towards Cape Otway until you reach Brae, chef Dan Hunter’s award-winning restaurant. Impossibly creative dishes featuring ingredients selected from Hunter’s on-site veggie garden make this is the sort of fine dining experience that stays with you long after your friend’s wedding. To complete the experience, opt to stay in the on-site guest suite.
Cost: Menu from $220 per person; rooms from $715 (including dining).

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4

Learn a new skill at Work-Shop

The folks at Fitzroy’s Work-Shop know how to throw a wild(ish) crafternoon. Mix it up with a cocktail class, brighten up your look with a nail art or flower-crown tutorial or surprise your soon-to-be-married mate with a life drawing class with a nude model (ooh!). Work-Shop is flexible with class numbers, and the studio is conveniently located near all the clubs and bars of Fitzroy (just saying).
Cost: Classes start from $20 per person

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5

Break out your leotard at an ’80s dance class

Just want to have fun? Join the fabulous hip-thrusting Clarissa and learn the moves to the Cyndi Lauper classic (or any other number of ’80s hits). Sessions include a (hilarious) photoshoot, and depending on the package, a bottle of sparkling wine.
Cost: Classes start from $35 per head.

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6

Swing into Circus Oz for the day

Adventurous brides-to-be will jump at the chance to fly on the trapeze with her best mates. Circus Oz runs two-hour classes for ‘vixens’ in their Collingwood headquarters and can tailor the experience to whatever takes your fancy: trapeze, floor-based skills or a combination of both.
Cost: Classes start from $370 for up to eight people

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Want to kick on afterwards?

The 50 best bars in Melbourne

Time Out's editors tortured their brains (and destroyed their livers) to bring you this: the definitive guide to drinking in Melbourne.

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By: Time Out editors

Hit the dancefloor

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne

"Where can we go to have after work drinks where we can also dance?" It's the cry that echoes around most of Melbourne every Friday afternoon, but the response is often a stony silence. Melbourne isn't shy of excellent bars. This we know. There are solid clubs too. We've rounded up places where you can sit back, chat and relax in the afternoon and get a little jiggy later on.

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By: Time Out editors

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